How to check your meter for a leak
Household leaks account for as much as one trillion gallons of water wasted annually in the U.S. A leak of just 1/16 inch can lose 822 gallons per day. The water meter is a resourceful tool to find leaks in a home. The water meter is usually located in the basement or crawlspace on the wall facing the street. For some homes, the water meter is in a pit in the front yard and should not be accessed. Customers with meter pits can call Castle Rock Water to schedule a flow detection appointment.
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To check for a potential leak, turn off water inside and outside the home, and ensure appliances are not in use. Look at your meter. If there is movement (numbers, red dial or black triangle), there is unaccounted water flowing through the meter indicating a potential leak. Turn the irrigation valve off. If there is still movement, the possible leak is within the home. If the leak is inside the home, you can conduct a similar test by turning off the water valve at each faucet or appliance and observing if there is movement within the water meter. Leaks in the irrigation system can be tricky to find and a professional landscaper may be required.
The usual culprit for an indoor leak is the toilet. An undetected toilet leak could waste as much as 5 gallons of water per minute! To check for a faulty flapper, place a dye tab (available at Castle Rock Water) or a couple drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait 15 to 30 minutes. If colored water appears in the bowl, the flapper should be replaced. Flush the toilet until the colored water disappears to prevent possible staining.